Wise people learn when they can; fools learn when they must.
Always make water when you can.
Nothing except a battle lost can be half so melancholy as a battle won.
There is nothing so dreadful as a great victory--except a great defeat.
An extraordinary affair. I gave them their orders and they wanted to stay and discuss them.
Be discreet in all things, and so render it unnecessary to be mysterious about any.
Being born in a stable does not make one a horse.
A great country cannot wage a little war.
We always have been, we are, and I hope that we always shall be detested in France.
When my journal appears, many statues must come down.
I never saw so many shocking bad hats in my life.
If you had seen one day of war, you would pray to God that you would never see another.
Educate men without religion and you make them clever devils.
When other Generals make mistakes their armies are beaten; when I get into a hole, my men pull me out of it.
The hardest thing of all for a soldier is to retreat.
All the business of war, and indeed all the business of life, is to endeavour to find out what you don't know by what you do; that's what I called 'guess what was at the other side of the hill'.
Troops would never be deficient in courage, if they could only know how deficient in it their enemies were.
A great country can have no such thing as a little war.
During the Peninsula War, I heard a Portuguese general address his troops before a battle with the words, "Remember men, you are Portuguese!
The only thing I am afraid of is fear.
To define it rudely but not ineptly, engineering is the art of doing for 10 shillings what any fool can do for a pound
Our army is composed of the scum of the earth - the mere scum of the earth.
When one begins to turn in bed, it is time to get up.
The whole art of war consists in getting at what is on the other side of the hill.
I hate the whole race. There is no believing a word they say, your professional poets, I mean there never existed a more worthless set than Byron and his friends for example.
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